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Shortly after Christmas, the Lochaber Rotary Knitivity Tree, which had been erected in the Highland Cinema in Fort William, was dismantled and the many donated items of knitting have now been sorted with a view to distributing.
Well over 100 twiddle hand muffs were packaged for the Moss Park and Invernevis Care Homes in Fort William, as well as for Dalmhor House in Strontian, the MacIntosh Centre in Mallaig and the Telford Centre in Fort Augustus, plus the local branch of Alzheimer Scotland.
In addition to twiddle muffs, donations of hand knitted and crocheted items, made and donated by the Lochaber public, have been sent to the Salvation Army in both Fort William and in Kinlochleven; the neo-natal unit at Raigmore Hospital, New Start in Claggan (helping local families and individuals) and the Lochaber branch of Highland Supports Refugees.
Lochaber Rotary president Richard Baxter thanked all the local knitters and crochet workers for their amazing support and added: ‘While the Knitivity Tree Project has been a tremendous success during the coronavirus restrictions, we hope to return to our Annual Craftworkers’ Festival at the end of November this year.
‘This is an important showcase for local craftworkers and food producers and has become an established event in the Lochaber calendar.’